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Any ideas that can help me decide? Both would be next spring, so I'm confident I could get in good enough shape to manage. I think training for the tri would be more fun and more of a physical challenge, but transitions scare me. Training for a half, on the other hand, would be a challenge to my dedication. Thoughts?
 

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for me, the tri would be the one to do, but that is me. i did a tri last year and was looking forward to some this year until i got injured. so i have been running, but i totally miss the swimming and biking. the transitions are not that bad, really and with a little practive you will ace them.<br><br>
theres nothing like finishing a tri and thinking, wow that was awesome!!<br><br>
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Depending on the distance of the triathlon, is there a possibility you can do both?<br><br>
I just did a HM this weekend on a modified tri-training schedule (it was a little run heavy, but I still only got 20 mpw max) and I PR'ed at the distance. I've got a sprint tri set for the middle of September.<br><br>
I'm considering the possibility of doing an Oly in November and then another HM a week afterward as well
 

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I'm not sure. The tri is relatively short, I don't remember all the distances but the run is 5k. The swimming would need MAJOR work, and the biking would need a considerable amount of attention, so I wouldn't focus quite as hard on running. Conversely, I've never raced anything longer than a 5k so distance would be the challenge on the half.
 

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Seeing that your in MN, I'd recommend the half-marathon. It's difficult to get good bicycle road work and open water swims in the winter there. Maybe look for a tri in the late summer/early fall that you could train for after the spring half marathon.
 

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Keith brings up a good point - Triathlons are pretty seasonal, so if the HM happens before tri season, you can give that your full attention.<br><br>
Another idea is you can make the triathlon your goal race, and you can do a 5K as a fun race shortly afterward.
 

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I've done one of each, and I can honestly say I prefer tri training over HM training. I like the variety that tri training provides.<br><br>
It really is going to boil down to what YOU want to do more. There are plenty of races to choose from, so just know that right now you're selecting one to do <i>first</i> but not exclusively. There's opportunity for both in what will hopefully be a long, fun, and successful running/multisport career for you! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"><br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Good point. I'm a college student, so I have easy access to a pool, but biking? On ice? Doubtful.
 

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Do BOTH! When I started tri training last year I noticed that the x-training helped A LOT with my run and endurance. Also-I got injured less.<br><br>
I practice transitions before races. You need to know which way works best for you in laying out your gear. Crap. I even have a bucket to sit on if I'm tired.
 

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Training for a tri is so vastly different from training for a road race. You have to manage your time and schedule from sun-up to sun-down (unless you plan to do two workouts back-to-back every day). I agree that it would be a good idea to consider seasons, though I actually know of a woman who placed second in a small sprint tri and all of her bike miles were logged during spinning classes. I don't recommend this, but it is an option.<br><br>
As for the half marathon, the training isn't too difficult. Certainly not the time commitment that a full marathon requires.<br><br>
And you really could do both if your schedule allows. Though tri training focuses much more on the bike, if you just want to do the tri for fun, you could get by on spllmental bike and swim workouts. If your swim needs a lot of work, though, I'd spend a lot of time now working on technique.
 

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Triathlons are harder.<br><br>
You can do both. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/biggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Very Happy">
 

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I think I'm going to train for the half, maybe jump in and do the tri just for kicks without any level of seriousness. We'll see.
 

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I hate to admit it, but all this tri talk has me thinking about one someday down the road. Maybe in a year or two.
 
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